Erin Lovell Verinder
Photo credit: Georgia Blackie

Erin Lovell Verinder is a fully qualified herbalist, nutritionist, energetic healer, mentor and educator. She’s a true walker of the plant path, with a profound respect for the natural world. Her international wellness practice operates digitally from Byron Bay in Australia, where she holds online, one-to-one sessions. Her practice is a fusion of functional medicine, nutrition, herbal and energetic medicine, intuitively woven to bring profound change and balance to the whole being. She’s deeply passionate about inspiring others to return to plant medicine and the rhythms of nature to restore health.

Her new book ‘Plants for the People’ is an essential beginners guide to the healing potential of plants. It’s brimming with ancient wisdom, every-day alchemy and easy to make recipes, to inspire plant-powered self-care and well-being, and ignite our innate ability to heal.

Question 1 –  Your practice is such a profound weaving of ancient wisdom and modern-day medicine, of walking the plant-path as well as the subtle realms- could you tell us a little about the dance between the two?

Thank you so much, this really is my life work thus far of learnings to allow the communion between herbalism, nutrition and energetic healing.

Over the years I have woven these modalities and threads deeper together to create this system of healing. As the years tick on working in clinical practice you see these patterns emerge, and then you see completely new things that you never expected. It is the constant lesson and evolution as a clinician and my methodology evolves with me!

I lead with my intuition, even though my clinical training may take me down a path that makes “sense”- I will always enquire if the energetics match. Does this plant match the feeling of this person etc..

Listening in to that wisdom, and trusting this has shaped me into the practitioner that I am.

Plants gently encourage us back to balance, in one way or another- whether it is the plant constituents or pharmacological make up encouraging this, or the subtle energetics of a plant awakening the healing response within our bodies/minds/spirits.

Healing takes place on many levels, and considering all the layers of the body, the mind and the spirit is essential. My work bridging these gaps between, addressing all of these elements and the synergy of this all has allowed me to witness such profound shifts as people get better with the plant medicines, with food as medicine, with energetic practices and lifestyle changes. Ultimately my training has helped me assist to unearth the roots of ill health for my clients, and I am so grateful to be able to work on these different levels to create union.

Question 2 – The way you talk about plants and the natural world sounds so much like falling in love! What’s it’s like when a new plant first begins to make itself known to you? Are there ways we can listen to their call?

Ahh that is beautiful, the falling in love reference!

A new plant coming into my focus field is always quite a kismet experience. They really do seem to pop up as needed in quite uncanny ways for me.
I always listen in extra attentively when a plant new to me crosses my path, and trust that there is a deeper meaning and reason in my own practice of connecting with the medicine of the plant. As I get to know a plant, I can then share it with others and teach its message.

There is a deep reciprocity that exists within the relationship of plants and people, we are simply one- KIN you could say. We come from the same places, made up of the same materials. So therefore the call is innate within the fabric of our beings. Mostly, I feel it is about taking the time and carving out the space to listen in, to hear their call.

Question 3 – Your book Plants for the People is the most perfect guide to inspire people to step onto their own plant path – what advice would you offer someone who is at the start of the journey to integrate more of the wild into daily life and self-care?

Connecting to nature is the biggest portal into the plant path, committing to a daily practice of presence with nature and communion will naturally unfold your green path ahead. That is the by product of being with and in nature. Noticing the land you are standing on, the plants growing around you, the wild weeds- it is all a great invitation in.

Growing a garden is an incredible way to weave in more plant love and care for self and soil. As you nurture plant life, it gives back for healing or for nourishment.

In terms of daily rituals to connect to deepen your plant path, I always suggest to begin with drinking herbal teas. Never underestimate the power of a cup of tea! Teas are so approachable, and an easy ritual to commit to. Exploring plant medicines through drinking your infused flowers, leaves, barks and berries is a wonderful simple place to begin.

I then suggest to deepen the medicinal potency by drinking overnight herbal infusions, which are essentially long brewed teas with many health benefits.

Question 4 – What brings you back to balance amidst the noise and haste of the world? How do you stay in your wild nature?

Honestly, being in nature. It is where I feel most at home and find the deepest stillness, a great relief from the calamity of the fast modern world!

Erin Lovell Verinder closeup
Photo credit: Georgia Blackie

Question 5 – What can plants teach us about interdependence and resilience as we navigate through these extraordinary times?

We are just moving so fast in this modern day, taking in so much information and operating beyond our capacities often. Burn out is rampant in these wild times, and I believe this is why so many people are feeling the deep call to strip back their lives and sink into more spacious quiet.

Nature has a way of mirroring these lessons with such ease, the trees, the flowers, the grasses, the wind. The truths and wisdoms held in the plants, full of ancient messages imbued with resilience and survival.

Question 6 – How important is ritual to your work and to self-care?

Deeply important honestly. I have really finessed this over time, as being a clinician demands you to show up fortified to hold space for others. So my rituals and rhythms are pretty solid to support myself!

Very slow mornings, structured work days, time in nature, connection with my loved ones, body movement, daily hands in the earth gardening, super nourishing food, a calm peaceful home, power down hours in the evening and candlelight/warm light only when the sun goes down!

Question 7 – Which are the most beloved plants on your doorstep?

I have a garden full of wild weeds, dandelions, chickweed, ribwort, gotu kola and cobblers pegs. I really honour and adore the message of wild weeds, they grow with such might, ease and persistence and are so incredibly helpful in many ways medicinally.

I am currently harvesting a bounty of chamomile and tulsi from my garden and in love with the hypnotic scents from this duo.

Question 8 – What to you is the essence of beauty?

When someone or something is in its authenticity and owning its uniqueness, this is the essence of beauty.

Question 9 – What is alive in you in this moment?

The cosy quiet of night time, the stars twinkling through my bedroom sky light and the freshly picked chamomile flowers bobbing around infusing in hot water by my side, ready for a night cap tea.

Question 10 – Do you dream about the plants you work with?

That is a great question! I absolutely have, and find they are often woven into my dream realm. Just the other night I dreamt I was picking wild thyme on a mountain in Greece with an elder Grandma. Transporting myself to far away dreamy places in the astral plains!

Question 11 – How do you weave your favourite AMLY products into your beauty ritual?

I have been using Sleep tight face balm at night, and massaging it deeply into my skin. It feels deeply regenerating and supportive.

City screen face serum is a new favourite of mine, which helps me combat screen time fatigue (more of a problem now than ever..) it has a very uplifting and protective feel to it.

Photography by:  Georgia Blackie